It’s the Saturday before Christmas, and we have a great celebration to share with you today. And in an effort to spend the holidays with our family and friends as much as possible, this will be our last celebration of 2012. We are so excited for what 2013 is bringing The Event Crashers and can’t wait to share so much inspiration with you in the new year! For now, here’s a great post from our friend Melissa of PennAg.
Celebration! A word once uttered, various images of joyous occasions are summoned to our thoughts. Defined as the commemoration of an occasion; a quick search on-line suggests at least 40 possibilities to describe the word “celebration.”
What images pop into your mind when you hear the word spoken? Weddings, family reunions, graduations, births, job offers? What about the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania? No?! Well, it certainly makes the image roll in my mind! Before you rush to close out of your browser because this post isn’t exactly going in the direction you expected, I ask that you take a little journey with me. I promise you’ll be glad you did!
PennAg Industries Association is a trade association servicing agribusinesses within Pennsylvania. Our members are those businesses and organizations that service agriculture producers (the folks planting and harvesting crops; raising and caring for animals that provide us with meat, milk and eggs; and so much more!). We work to create and maintain an effective, viable and competitive environment for Pennsylvania agribusiness to grow and prosper. Here at PennAg, we love Pennsylvania agriculture, the #1 industry in Pennsylvania! Agriculture in the Commonwealth has a total economic impact of $57 billion. One in seven jobs is related to agriculture, with 155 people receiving food and fiber from each individual farmer. It should come as no surprise that we celebrate these facts, and the tireless efforts of all those employed by the industry.
Our celebration of agriculture comes in the form of the second annual Today’s Agriculture Display. The display will be open to the masses at the Pennsylvania Farm Show from January 4, 2013 to January 12, 2013. Housed in the Weis Exposition Hall, I encourage everyone to visit the display. The 13,000 square foot display bridges the gap between consumers and producers. Consumers will get a glimpse of how producers feed a growing population, by opening the doors to modern livestock and crop production. A 84 foot x 42 foot barn will house farm animals in their typical commercial production environment. Animals include: a crated sow and her litter, nursery pigs, finishing floor pigs, broiler chickens, caged layer hens, ducks, turkeys, cow/calf beef cattle pair, dairy cows and veal calves. A coalition of more than 80 agribusinesses have joined forces to make Today’s Agriculture a destination exhibit at the Farm Show. You should probably mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this grand event!
Not only will we be celebrating Pennsylvania agriculture at the display, we will also be celebrating the honor of receiving the Judges Choice Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for the inaugural 2012 Today’s Agriculture Display. The Today’s Agriculture Display won the class and division award for “Special or Specific Ag Event,” which led to conferring of the highest honor; the Judges Choice Award. The Today’s Agriculture Display was chosen over 280 competitors within five divisions.
Do I have you convinced of our celebration yet? Maybe a few pictures of the construction process (which started December 10, 2012 at the Farm Show Complex) will peak your interest!
Please come and join us at the 2013 Farm Show as we celebrate Pennsylvania agriculture at the Today’s Agriculture Display! Hope to see you there! Until then, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!
Will you make a trip out to the Farm Show in January? What are your favorite animals to visit? Check out PennAg’s Facebook page for more photos of the event construction!
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